Staying Safe: Effective Security Implementation

Staying Safe: Effective Security Implementation

Staying Safe: Effective Security Implementation

These resources are recommended by Center for Congregations workshop presenter and facility specialist Nathan Parr, who facilitated the workshop Staying Safe in September 2018 and March 2019. For more resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or see the Congregational Resource Guide at

A Measured Approach to Church Security.  Charlotte, NC: Cool Solutions, 2018. 
Keeping your congregation safe can feel like an overwhelming task. There are many different ideas on what is correct and appropriate. This series on church security is designed to give you the foundational elements necessary to begin building a program that is right for you.

Church Facility Management Solutions. Accessed 2/15/19.
Church Facility Management Solutions is a community of church facility practitioners, professionals, volunteers, paid staff, pastors, deacons, trustees and nearly every type of church personnel. This free membership site is dedicated to assisting you in all things facility related.

Cozens, Paul. Think Crime! Using Evidence, Theory, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) for Planning Safer Cities. 2nd Edition. Quinns Rocks, Western Australia: Praxis Education, 2016.
This book provides crucial information on CPTED and crime prevention for planners, architects, security professionals, local government planners and security managers, and more. The author describes how to use theory and evidence in creating and justifying CPTED programs for crime prevention, improving community safety and creating safer cities.

National Organization of Church Security and Safety Management. Accessed 2/15/19.
This website is for the National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM™). The web site which includes written policy and procedure templates, best practices for church security and training videos from some of the national conference sessions of special interest to church security teams.

Resources to Protect Your House of Worship. Federal Emergency Management Agency. Accessed 2/15/19. 
This website offers numerous resources to assist faith-based and community organizations with their efforts to prepare for all types of hazards, whether natural or man-made. Technical assistance is provided through workshops, training, webinars, exercises and more.

School Safety and Security Information. Department of Homeland Security. Accessed 2/15/19.
This information was developed by the Department of Homeland Security. Churches operate in close correlation to schools. This page offers a starting place for DHS documents, resources and tools related to school safety and security. Many of the resources can be modified for use in a church context.

Here is additional information from the workshop, provided by presenter Nathan Parr: the workshop presentation powerpoint and a safety guide template.